Burns’ Night is known for many things: the tribute to renowned, radical poet Robert Burns, the ceremonious supper and ‘Address to the Haggis’, the spellbinding sound of bagpipes, but this Burns’ Night, there will be one other curious addition – Hendrick’s Gin. You know that once we hear the word GIN here at House of Coco, we are sold!
Confirming our firm belief that beyond the bagpipes, the neeps and tatties, this day should mean something much more monumental, Hendrick’s UK ambassador, Ally Martin, will be spending his January 25th on the weird and wonderful ‘Voyage of the Black Haggis’. The voyage is intended to be a celebration of the unusual, allowing curiously minded individuals to gain a true appreciation for the peculiar – but oh so important – ritual of Burns’ ‘Address to the Haggis’ and its resemblance to the rituals behind the gin martini.
As Martin prepares for his journey, the passionate Scot explains: “Burns’ work stands as a testament to the story of an ordinary Scotsman – albeit with a unique and radical style – that still rouses the passion of our little nation. The ritual of the mythical ‘Address to the Haggis’ is something I’ve always wanted to perform. This voyage is a brand new exploration of how gin can be wonderfully merged with the Burns’ celebrations, with spectacular results.”
Hendrick’s is uniquely able to offer a peculiar twist to toast Robert Burns. Infused with rose and cucumber, Hendrick’s is distilled in the Scottish village of Girvan – a stone’s throw away from Burns’ birthplace, Alloway.
Martin’s arduous but illuminating voyage will start out in Edinburgh, and zig-zag its way down to London via Leeds and Manchester. Each city will be treated to an inimitable event including a Hendrick’s Haggis – a marvellous creation, crafted by Dram & Smoke, that takes the humble haggis and adds the magic of Hendrick’s botanicals.
The Voyage of the Black Haggis London
25 January, 5.30pm-till late: Press and members of the public* welcome at Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar (157B Commercial St, London E1 6BJ). Note the ‘Address to the Haggis’ will not take place until 8.30pm.
Guests will be able to enjoy Hendrick’s Martinis and house punch, haggis dogs, haggis nuggets along with a selection of bespoke Burn’s Night Hendrick’s cocktails:
RUSTY FAIL: Hendrick’s, Drambuie & Laphroaig in a twist on a Rusty Nail
NORTHERN SPECIAL: Hendrick’s, sour cherry and hibiscus syrup, Manzanilla Sherry, lemon & Peychaud’s bitters, topped with Floral Tonic, garnished with cherries, lemon slices and nutmeg in a twist on an Artist Special.
BLOODY AMPERSAND: Hendrick’s, Aperol & Cherry Heering, topped up with champagne in a twist on a Blood & Sand.
HOWARD FLOWERY: Hendrick’s, rose syrup, ginger syrup, Laphroaig, lemon, cucumber slice & egg white with a rose petal garnish in a twist on a Penicillin.
HEATHER AND SALT: Hendrick’s, pomegranate syrup, Cocchi Rosa & a pinch of salt, served with a lemon zest in a twist on Heather Cocktail.
*Limited places, entrance subject to availability